Bearded men

3300-3100 av. J.-C. (Nagada)

Musée des Confluences

Musée des Confluences
Lyon, France

These very rare statues, found in sanctuaries and tombs, were probably representations of masculine power. In the dynastic period, the beard was one of the symbols of pharaonic power. The dimensions of these statues and the materials used make them unique pieces.


  • Title: Bearded men
  • Date Created: 3300-3100 av. J.-C. (Nagada)
  • Location: Necropolis of Gebelein, Upper Egypt
  • Physical Dimensions: H: 50 cm; L: 13,5 cm; D: 12,7 cm
  • Provenance: Archaeological excavations by Louis Lortet, Director of the Museum d'Histoire Naturelle in Lyon (1870-1909), Donated by Louis Lortet in 1909
  • Subject Keywords: Egyptology, funerary rite, permanent exhibition
  • Type: Sculpture
  • Rights: Musée des Confluences (Lyon, France)
  • External Link: Learn more at the museum website
  • Medium: Breccia

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